Ter­ror and South Asia

Southasia - - Editor's mail - Baber Sheikh, Islamabad, Pak­istan

With Osama Bin Laden dead and the sub­se­quent de­vel­op­ments that took place in Amer­ica’s war on ter­ror lately, can we safely as­sume that the world is fi­nally at peace? Is it good rid­dance from terrorism and bla­tant killings of the past decade? Does Laden’s death mark the end of an era of ter­ror and de­struc­tion? While the Amer­i­can pub­lic re­joices in their vic­tory, the gov­ern­ment of Pak­istan faces some tough ques­tions. As an ally against the war on ter­ror, the event ques­tions the po­si­tion of the much-trusted Pak­istani in­tel­li­gence and mil­i­tary. Does the Amer­i­can op­er­a­tion to hunt down and kill Osama point to a fail­ure of the Pak­istani de­fense sys­tems? The fact that Pak­istani authorities were un­aware of Osama’s pres­ence in the vicin­ity can­not be over­looked. If it was a mat­ter of in­com­pe­tence, the authorities need to work harder, but if they tended to over­look the ex­trem­ist ide­ol­ogy and in­stead fo­cused on a se­lec­tive ap­proach to outdo the ter- ror­ists, it is time that hard ef­forts are put in with a sin­gle-minded ef­fort to root out terrorism.

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